Daily Topic for February 22, 2012
There is a significant overlap between the unreached people groups without a church in their midst and the hungry half of the world without adequate physical and material resources. Isaiah reminds us that the people of God are called upon not only to spend their money to feed the hungry, but also to spend themselves, to pour out their lives in sacrificial service. That service cannot be a mere token. It must satisfy the needs of the oppressed. Isaiah also points out that those who serve the poor sacrificially will receive the fruits of service: healing, answered prayer, guidance, personal provision, and joy.
Pray that our Gracious Father will teach us to spend ourselves on behalf of those who are desperately hungry both for bread and the Bread of Life.
These past months we have prayed for parts of the world that have either too much rain (Pakistan) or too little (the Horn of Africa). This month we are praying for the Malinke peoples of West Africa, who sometimes have an extremely wet time of year, followed by several months of drought.
The 6,600 Bamgooma people are a perfect example. For a couple of months, they have so much rain that the only way to get in and out of their villages is by canoe! Then around October, things dry up to the point where the Bamgoomas are dealing with food shortages. Two things need to happen to ensure that these farmers have what they need to avoid the regular cycle of food shortages. One is that they need a realistic way to store rainwater for the dry months. Secondly, they need a water-efficient way to water their plants.
This is where Man of Peace Development comes in. (manofpeacedevelopment.org) This secular Canadian based non-profit organization is doing whatever it can to bring the Bamgooma people drip irrigation equipment. This will enable them to grow vegetables that they can sell in the marketplace. As their work spreads throughout hard-hit parts of Mali, there will be less suffering and a healthier population.
Pray that the Bamgooma people, who are traditionally Muslims, will find their Savior and embrace Him by the end of this decade. Pray for them to give the glory to God, as they experience better health and nutrition in the coming years.